Build What Is Unseen

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So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal [2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV]

Do you ever wonder what life could have looked like? I marvel at how God worked out so many ‘what if’ scenarios to get me to be where I am. How different could it have looked if at just one those pivotal moments I had chosen the other option.

Life is full of those kind of moment. We’ve all had them and, we will all have them again.

I may think that the substance of my life is based on what I can accomplish, how successful I am or what I accumulate along the way but I have come to recognise in reality, it’s not.

A life isn’t only built by all that we can see. Instead it is built by all that we cannot see.

I think this is why I love that I get to do what I get to, play my part in building local church. It’s too big for me to congratulate myself. In the breadth of eternity, what I’ve contributed is tiny.  And it’s not mine anyway – it belongs to Jesus, I am just a willing particpant, here to serve in the building.

When I get busy being someone who helps build Gods House, His church, my eyes are taken off the here and now, what I may think is important and they become fixed on what God wants. The things I can’t take with me. The things that are not temporary but eternal. Things like….

Faith exercised. 

People drawn to God. 

The making of disciples. 

Seeing lives being changed. 

A different kind of legacy. 

Treasures in heaven. 

I love Hebrews 11 where we read about a whole bunch of people who gave their lives for something they didn’t even get to see in the here and now. And they were happy with that.

They weren’t wanting to build something that could be seen now except to bring glory to their God. What they really built was an unseen future, one which others would get to enjoy in the here and now along with one they would enjoy for all of eternity.

Let’s be builders of the unseen. Less worried about what we have and give our lives to building others, building the church and thereby building our eternal future. 

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Dull and Average

Isn’t this how we often see ourselves…

I’m not up to much. 

I’m just doing life and hoping for the best. 

I’m just me. 

I can put myself down more successfully than anyone else.

I’m no one special. 

I may just say that I am dull and average.

Yet here is the good news. God wants me. God wants each one of us. His desire is to be in relationship with those He has created.  

I am content that He takes my dull and average and puts it to good use. I don’t need to try and be bright and excellent, I just need to follow Him and to be me. 

He takes the foolish things of the world and confounds the wise by what they can do when putting their lives in His hands. 

Dull and average is fine. We may feel and actually be unqualified but that’s alright. The work and effort isn’t accomplished on our part, it is has all been done by Jesus. 

It’s a good thing as what happens is this: God gets all the glory. 

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God [‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:27-29‬ ‭ESV]‬‬